MAHA is making its list, books Stinson for ’12; Org Music Confirms Capgun signing; They Might Be Giants tonight…

Category: Blog — Tags: , , , — @ 1:19 pm November 1, 2011

by Tim McMahan,

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A couple weeks ago, the folks at MAHA announced on their Facebook page that they’ve booked Stinson Park at Aksarben Village for the 2012 MAHA Music Festival, scheduled for Aug. 11. In addition to that, MAHA organizer Tre Brashear said they’ve already started sorting through the bands they’d like to book for the festival.

“We’ve got a tentative list started (always subject to change),” Brashear said, adding that the promoter will begin contacting the bands’  agents later this month. “(We’re) going to tell them, ‘Hey, we’d like to have you, so please let us know when you’re ready to start lining up your summer schedule.’ (We) want to get our interest established earlier than January, which is when we’ve started the last two years. Doesn’t mean we’ll be able to afford everyone on our wish list, but don’t know pricing or availability until you ask.”

Among the bands on their wish list: Death Cab for Cutie, Feist, Regina Spektor and Wilco, who would be the ultimate get. There are a lot of Wilco fans ’round these parts, and competition to get the band is going to be fierce.

Brashear said using Stinson Park again in 2012 was an “easy decision” because fan response to the venue was so overwhelmingly positive. I agree with them. Stinson Park is hands-down a better venue than Lewis & Clark Landing for a myriad of reasons, not the least of which are its central location and overall comfort — I’d much rather sit in grass than sit on pavement.

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From Andrew Rossiter at Org Music:

“I came across your post about Capgun Coup signing to Org Music. It’s absolutely true, and we couldn’t be more excited to have them. Details about the new album release are still being confirmed, but it will definitely be out in 2012, and it’s fantastic. We haven’t posted anything official on our website, as we’re in the process of building a new one, which should be up in the next 3-4 weeks.”

Org’s signing of Capgun Coup is indeed a coup for a label that already counts 400 Blows among the bands on its roster.

Check out Capgun’s new video for “Claire Doesn’t Care” at YouTube.

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Tonight at The Slowdown They Might Be Giants takes the stage with opener Gold Motel. The band is celebrating the release of its new 18-song album Join Us, and their 30th year of performances. $23, 8 p.m.

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  • How come every time I hear of a band getting signed to a label lately it seems like a death sentence?

    Comment by Andrew — November 1, 2011 @ 1:21 pm

  • While I think the list of the bands they are shooting for are great and would draw well, I’d love to see a headliner like Beck. When’s the last time he played around here? 1997 for Odelay? He would draw well with the indie crowd (GBV fans), the 90’s alt rockers (J. Mascis fans) and the “I’ve heard of that guy before, let’s check out a show” people (the people that show up for Matisyahu without owning a Matisyahu album).
    I went to MAHA last year and thought it was great…extremely well done. The one thing I thought it lacked was a true headliner. I think there is momentum to put together a full day of bands that people would want to come out and see, as well as a headliner that will draw some people out that normally wouldn’t be there.

    Comment by mike — November 3, 2011 @ 12:35 pm

  • Mike said it perfect; I agree completely.

    Comment by Nayef Aljuraid — November 3, 2011 @ 6:57 pm

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